For one week every winter, all Berkshire students participate in two unique, intensive courses of their choosing, taught by faculty, staff, parents, alumni, friends, and other students. The program is focused on the "Make. Perform. Do. Solve. Serve." model, in which students explore courses within the areas of art and sesign, sustainability, philanthropy, diversity, and sense of place.

The goal of this program is for students to have the opportunity to explore the larger world around them and to embrace the School motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, "Learning—not just for school but for life.” Pro Vita offers more than 60 courses, a lunchtime workshop series, several site-based excursions, and various guest speakers, which allow students to uncover new talents and discover lifelong pursuits.



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During Pro Vita there's a lot going on—classes, off-campus trips, performances, speakers, and special events. You can keep up with all of the excitement here or by following our Pro Vita Instagram account.



Pro Vita Live Webstreams

A Cappella Palooza

Sunday, February 26

7:00 p.m.

This popular and highly anticipated event kicks off Pro Vita each year, with performances by Berkshire's own singing groups and a competition among some of the best college a cappella groups in the region.

Allyn Stewart

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 28

7:00 P.M.

Allyn Stewart, producer and managing partner of Flashlight Films, visits Berkshire to talk about her career in the entertainment industry, including one of her more recent works, Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

Jazz Café

Wednesday, March 1

8:00 P.M.

Another highly anticipated event during Pro Vita, join us in Berkshire Hall Atrium as Berkshire's artists showcase a range of talents. In years past, Jazz Café has included jazz ensembles, spoken poetry, operatic performance, and much more.



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Pro Vita News

Lunch Series

TUESDAY

"So You Want to Write a Novel or a Mystery" with Harry MacLean '60. His first book, the New York Times Bestseller “In Broad Daylight,” won an Edgar Award for best True Crime and was made into a movie. His most recent novel, “The Joy of Killing” came out in 2015. Come hear Mr. MacLean's writing advice and maybe even some bone-chilling stories. Please sign up in advance. Limited to 12 students.




THURSDAY

Yo-Yo Workshop with Tyler Severance. Tyler is a yo-yo legend and is a national as well as world champion yo-yo competitor. He recently started his own yo-yo company and has been training others to compete in yo-yo competitions. Two Lunch Series Workshops (11-12, 12-1). Please sign up in advance; room for 25 students only in each workshop. You will receive a yo-yo.




FRIDAY

30 Minute Yoga with Lisa Warren Krueger. When she is not painting, Ms. Warren Krueger is perfecting her yoga skills! Come relax and unwind before you head into the final day of Pro Vita. Please sign up in advance; room limited to 15 students.



Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 26

A CAPPELLA PALOOZA

7:00 p.m. | Allen Theater (webstream event)

Monday, Feb. 27

SULLY

7:00 p.m. | Allen Theater

Tuesday, Feb. 28

ALLYN STEWART

7:30 p.m | Allen Theater (webstream event)

Wednesday, Mar. 1

Chef Jet Tila

Lunch | Benson Commons

Wednesday, Mar. 1

JAZZ CAFÉ

8:00 p.m. | Berkshire Hall Atrium (webstream event)

Thursday, March 2

TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR

7:30 p.m. | Allen Theater

Friday, March 3

TRIVIA NIGHT dinner

6:00 p.m. | Benson Commons

Saturday, March 4

PRO VITA PRESENTATIONS

8:00 a.m. | Allen Theater

Course Catalog

Make. Perform. Solve. Serve.

Pro Vita is designed around the motto: Make. Perform. Solve. Serve. This year, classes will be sharing their progress and outcomes in a digital platform. Click on the image below to explore:




Speaker Series

Allyn Stewart | TUESDAY, February 28 • 7:30 p.m. at allen theater

Allyn Stewart began her career in film distribution and production for 20th Century Fox in Europe, working primarily in London and Paris. She then became a senior production executive at TriStar Pictures and Warner Brothers. During her six years as a senior executive at Warner Brothers, Stewart was responsible for the production of such films as the Academy Award winner Driving Miss Daisy, Dangerous Liasons and Memphis Belle.

Stewart left Warner Brothers for a production deal with Columbia and TriStar Pictures, forming Stewart Pictures. Stewart produced the television movie Friends At Last starring Kathleen Turner and the motion picture Bliss starring Terrance Stamp before joining forces with Producer Stanley Jaffe. While at Columbia/TriStar, Stewart and Jaffe produced the children’s film Madeline starring Academy Award winner Frances McDormand, followed by I Dreamed of Africa starring Academy Award winner Kim Basinger. Stewart then produced Man of the House starring Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Stephen Herek.

Currently, Stewart is a producer and managing partner of Flashlight Films, a Private Equity Film Development and Production company. She recently produced, Sully directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney. Flashlight also has projects in development with such talent as Stephen Gaghan (Syrianna, Traffic), and Ed Zwick (Legends of the Fall, Defiance).

telluride Mountain film festival | thursday, march 2 • 7:30 P.M. AT ALLEN THEATER

Off-Campus Trips


Pro Vita Winter Session is a week-long program where the school community challenges and stretches itself in ways beyond the traditional high school curriculum. Designed around the motto Make. Perform. Solve. Serve., Pro Vita provides students with the opportunity to explore the School’s mission and core values and its commitment to Sustainability, Sense of Place, Philanthropy, Diversity, and For Life in a hands-on way. The Pro Vita experience fosters growth in Berkshire’s core values of integrity, perseverance, curiosity, respect, resilience, and inclusion. During Pro Vita, students live out the School motto: “Learning -- not just for school but for life.”

Pro Vita’s on-campus curriculum consists of over 60 seminar-style classes. Students also participate in a wide variety of evening events and hear from guest speakers. In 2017, Berkshire will be offering six off-campus excursions during Pro Vita, which falls on February 27-March 4, 2017. Below is a look at the destinations planned for this upcoming year. If you are interested in receiving more information (cost, details and itinerary) about these trips, please contact Pro Vita Director Bebe Bullock at bbullock@berkshireschool.org

Please Note: All of these trips go beyond the normal purview of Berkshire’s curriculum and, therefore, require additional fees for transportation, lodging, and food costs while off-campus. Prices vary depending upon enrollment and other factors. Limited scholarships are available.

Iceland: Creating Sustainable Communities

Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is one of the most sustainable cities in the world due to its reliance on geothermal power. Students will explore Iceland’s renewable energy model and to learn about the country's balance between architecture, technology, and politics. Additional highlights include sites of geysers galore, visits to the Blue Lagoon and Harpa Music Hall, and a hunt for the Northern Lights.

Arizona: The Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American Reservation in the US. Students will volunteer at a local school, work in a community garden or help in a food bank. They will hear about the WWII code talkers and the political history of the Navajos against the Western Expansion of the 18th and 19th centuries. They will also explore Navajo art, land use practices, and customs like storytelling and sweat lodges. The trip will end with a visit to the Grand Canyon.

Seattle: All The World's A Stage

In this seven-day tour of Seattle’s finest theater, students will experience a variety of productions from musicals, dance, improv, stand-up comedy, and plays. Afterward, they will travel to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to see four works. Over some of the world’s greatest coffee, students will discuss the essential questions guiding this trip: How do the arts enrich our lives? Our societies? Ourselves?


Island School: Marine Ecology & Sustainability in the Bahamas

Based on the island of Eleuthera, The Island School engages in the discovery of sustainable solutions to real world problems. For seven days, students will work on several projects including natural habitat restoration, marine life tagging and tracking, and community interdependence. In addition, students will have an opportunity to snorkel nearby coral reefs, explore the island by foot, and interact with local Bahamian students.

Minnesota: Dogsledding and Leadership Adventure

Students will explore the 2-million acre wilderness area of Ely, Minnesota, the “Sled Dog Capital” of the world. Not only will they operate dog sleds, but they will also learn leadership skills, winter ecology, wilderness safety, and navigation techniques. By day, the group will travel by dog team as well as cross country and back-country ski and snowshoe, and by night, students will care for their sled team and master winter camping.

Spain: A Walk Along "The Way" - Exploring the Camino de Santiago

On this trip, students will spend five days hiking through rural villages on one of the world’s oldest pilgrimage routes, the Camino de Santiago. They will explore the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain via foot while staying in quaint local inns. Throughout the journey, students will document their experiences through journaling, art making and photography. The trip culminates with a celebration in Santiago and a full-day exploration of the capital city and heart of Spain, Madrid.